Well-being Through Physical Spaces
The Well-being through Physical Spaces project enhances well-being by way of built environments. Physical spaces directly impact mental, social and physical health. Well-designed spaces have the ability to positively impact mood, social connectedness and learning. To learn more about the impact of physical spaces on well-being, you can read our project rationale:
Principles for Enhancing Well-being through Physical Spaces at SFU is a tool that was created to help campus stakeholders who are involved in space renovation or creation to intentionally consider well-being. If you would like to enhance well-being through the design of new or existing physical spaces, please see: Principles and Guidelines for Enhancing Wellbeing through Physical Spaces.
Creating Well-Being through Physical Spaces at SFU
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Optimal indoor lighting as well as exposure to daylight improves mood, alertness, visual performance and comfort.
Flexible furniture in terms of design and arrangement impacts mental well-being by increasing feelings of personal control and encouraging social interaction.
Connecting to nature supports mental well-being and cognitive performance by reducing stress and increasing psychological restoration.
Utilizing a universal design perspective for spaces increases accessibility and ensures that all students feel welcome and comfortable.